Psychology is the science of behavior, both in humans and nonhuman animals. The subject is very broad, with many sub-fields. Psychologists can work in many different research areas, and pursue a variety of careers.
Here is a look at some of the sub-fields in psychology:
Assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
Cognitive and perceptual psychologists
Study human perception, thinking and memory.
Provide counseling services to individuals, groups and organizations (schools, hospitals) to help people cope with problems.
Study psychological development at various life stages.
Study how teaching and learning take place.
Study how people work best with machines.
Gather data on how humans and animals respond to their environment through research that involves manipulating variables in a laboratory setting.
Apply psychological principles to legal issues.
Examine how various factors affect health and illness, as well as effective ways to control pain or change habits.
Apply psychological research and principles to the workplace to improve productivity and quality of work life.
Explore relationships between brain systems and behavior, including issues of memory, brain injuries, diseases and brain function.
Work with schools to counsel students and consult with parents and staff.
Work with athletes on issues of anxiety, fear of failure, focus, motivation, and competition.